THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY - Online Movie Trailer
I admit, the title of the movie almost totally dragged me to the wrong side, I thought it was an unconventional, pretentious movie that is by no means a look. As long as I did not see Mike Newell signing it and play a full range of top (mostly British) actors in it. From a good part of the crew acting in the phenomenal British series Downton Abbey to Matthews Goode, who played a significant and excellent role in the great American series "Good Woman", and finally to the impressive Michiel Huisman whom we know most as a charming but wicked mercenary and Daaron Naharis' lover from the "Throne Games".
The wide-ranging society gathered to bring the literary template, the historical drama Mary Ann Shaffer to the canvas, to which she was the first real book and a success that she unfortunately did not expect because she had died of cancer before. I have the impression that the life and effort of the writer to publish the book has had a certain effect on the book itself and its quality, and ultimately the film itself.
If we ignore the fact that the breakdown of the story itself (about the last quarter) and the main character of young writer Juliet Ashton is quite predictable and ending with the cheesy (my friend would call it a little ironically called "romantic crap"), but at the same time incredibly expensive, charming and warm - we have got a great "small" serious film (the historical set-up of the Second World War and post-war years that intertwine), but at the same time entertaining (as the title of the film became more exact "Society" and why), and I can say one of the more charming love story in the last x-years. If we take it, for example, the "Titanic" (whatever they thought of him) had the last "love story bigger than life".
For those that love stories do not present a magnet to go to the movies (that's it), the "Society for Literature and Potatoes from Potatoes from Guernsey" will give you something else: a superbly directed and layered story with a nice number of characters who splendidly intertwine with the acting team which has such chemistry among them that the movie is a pleasure to watch. And with that you will also laugh. Indeed, it is a great pity that the course of the film is so predictable, and that the main character (character) of Juliet Ashton is somewhat irrelevant.
The action takes place on a small, almost isolated British Guernsey island near France, which is found out in frequent flashback shops, occupied early by Germans, and poor people are barely surviving hunger and isolation. Under the constant fear of the worst, small group of our heroes, the spirit encourages reading a few books and interacting with one another. A group of victims and secrets survives the war. The main action of post-war years focuses on a young, successful writer, Juliet Ashton (a pre-emptive Lily James) who is writing a book about Dawsey Adams, the main character of this small group of society, and thus commits interpersonal correspondence and pen-pal friendship. The character of Adams was incredibly influenced by Huisman, whom we know as mercenary Daario Naharis from "The Throne Games" and has been completely transformed for this film.
The story of the Society is completely occupied by Ashton, and then decides to go to that island alone and meet this inspiring group for literature, leaving indefinitely in London his newlywed bridegroom (Glen Powell), an editor and a longtime friend (Matthew Goode) who it can not be brought into line.
But with her arrival, things on the island and in the group, but mostly in Ashton itself are complicated on many levels, and an unusual story about the Society, more precisely the war years on the island, and the missing members of the society gets the features of detective research.
As already mentioned, the end is rather predictable, but the film is interesting, and maestral roles were played by Jessica Brown Findlay as missing Elizabeth McKenna, and Penelope Wilton as the saddening mother Amelia Maugery. To look, you will be surprised!